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Burns Park sculpture could be moved close to river

Brad Williams

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Another familiar piece of art in downtown La Crosse could be moved soon.

The city arts board has been told of plans to relocate the large ‘Lyra’ metal sculpture from Burns Park on Main Street to the Isle La Plume area, near the municipal boat harbor.

Lyra has been in the park since the early 1990s, after being displayed at Valley View Mall for a decade.

The sculpture is brown now, but is supposed to be repainted to its original blue.

The brown paint is peeling off the metal in several spots, revealing the old blue paint beneath.

Park director Jay Odegaard said one idea behind moving Lyra is to have a recognizable landmark along the riverfront.

The city arts board wants more information on the project before deciding the future of Lyra.

In the last few weeks, the ‘Dancers’ sculpture was moved out of the Pump House parking lot for repainting. It will be relocated to the Weber Center.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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